A few months ago I was forwarded a Youtube video of a new curling revolution: the BaByliss Pro Perfect Curl. I watched in awe as this wondrous machine pulled up a strand of hair, held it, curled it, and dropped it without much effort at all. I then forgot about it, thinking – what a pipe-dream that would be for it to be that simple!
The Curl Secret is the consumer version, priced at £120 (compared to the £169 RRP for the Salon pro edition) and the differences between the two are very minimal – with the consumer version you get a longer warranty (the pro edition obviously gets more use/wear and tear) and there is a small difference in the heat settings/curl direction settings. The Pro version allows you to choose from 3 heat settings, 3 timer settings, and whether you want to curl clockwise, anti-clockwise, or alternate between both. This consumer version has 2 heat settings, 3 timer settings and always alternates the curl. And as I always alternate direction for more natural-looking curls, that’s fine with me!
Edited to add: This is my most-read post, so I’ll just add a comparison chart below to help anyone else who stumbles upon it:
|Consumer version||Salon Pro version|
|Warranty||5 years||1 year|
|Curl direction||Alternate only||Clockwise, anti-clockwise or alternate|
My friend Christine purchased it a few weeks ago and said that she had tested it out and liked it, but also that her hair had gotten stuck at one stage, and her sister had to retrieve it from the machine with tweezers! I believe the salon version has a fail-safe for this to automatically release the hair, but the consumer version… well I’ll explain a bit further down.
She let me borrow it to give it a test.
To start with, your hair needs to be dry, clean (well clean of product, my hair is rarely “clean” with my wash schedule) and sections should be 3cm across. So, rather small. I usually curl in large sections for bigger curls, splitting my hair into top/bottom and then 4 sections a side. For this I tied up the top half of my hair, separated my hair into two sides (over each shoulder) and just grabbed small pieces bit by bit, starting from the back.
The guide tells you to always aim the circular part (shown in picture above) towards your hair, put the section in and clamp down. Et voila! The hair is swept into the device with a beep, then it beeps a certain amount of times (I used the “10” [seconds?] setting, so it beeped 4 times before it was ready to release), wait for the 4 quick beeps, then unclamp and carefully let the curl drop. It’s really fast. I would normally hold a section around my wand for at least 30-45 seconds to get the curl I want, and you’re holding it the whole time. This is much easier and way quicker. It took 10 minutes to get the lower half of my hair curled.
It’s important to note that you must completely relax your hand to unclamp before you let the hair out, as if you pull with the clamp shut, it ruins the curl – it’s still curly but it doesn’t work as well… it’s almost like using a straightener as you are keeping the hair taut and pulling it in a heated device. Once you remember this, though, it’s very easy.
If the device doesn’t think the hair is in correctly, it’ll beep 4 times and not pull the hair up. If it pulls it up and makes a wee grinding noise and then beeps 4 times immediately, you may be stuck. This happened maybe 3 times. The first time I panicked, turned the heat off and wiggled my hair out – it came out easily. I brushed the strand again and tried again, with success.
The second time, I left it on and pulled the device away from my hair. It didn’t want to come out, but it gradually was pulled through, probably leaving a few strands behind in the device, which isn’t the greatest. The 3rd time, towards the end, it felt really stuck. The trick is not to panic, release the clamp and simply pull the device away gently until the last stuck section (usually the end of your hair) is the last thing stuck. Then grab above the small bit that is stuck and pull out in pieces – not the whole thing. If you try and tug the whole thing, it’ll stay in there, but pulling out bit by bit, it comes easily and without any damage.
Don’t let that put you off, however. The curls, while in smaller sections than I’d usually do, are tight, clean and curled right to the very ends. My issue often is that I don’t like curls starting too near the crown, so I curl from partway down to get a nice wave, and can never get the ends completely wrapped around my curling wand, as I’d burn my fingers (and I’ve lost my “glove” that came with it). The Curl Secret curls the ends very nicely, and you can start anywhere you like: curl from the crown, curl from partway down, curl just the ends. I’d not recommend too close to the roots, though, in case getting unstuck is harder.
This morning I brushed the curls out into a nice wave and they have sprung back up, quite curly still! I think the high heat on my not-perfectly-clean hair has helped them hold the curl, and my hair is so thick anyway, it works really well. Above they are a bit fluffy from a day’s work but it’s the only shot I could get, thanks to a friend!
I understand why it’s for small sections only – obviously you’d get your hair really jammed if you used too much in there, which would worry me. I’d love it however if they did release a large version/modified version for creating big loose curls, but the brushing seems to get me my normal result.
Let me know if any of you have tried it – I definitely think it’s the future of home curling. Full details of the product and a wee video from the manufacturer can be found here. This is not a sponsored post, but my own opinion after trying this out!